The guarding Meerket
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|Meerkat - Suricata suricatta|
The meerkat is a small diurnal herpestid whose weight averages approximately 731 grams (1.61 pounds) for males and 720 grams (1.58 pounds) for females. Its long and slender body and limbs give it a body length of 25 to 35 cm (10 to 14 inches) and an added tail length of 17 to 25 cm (7 to 10 inches). Its tail is not bushy like all other mongoose species, rather is long and thin and tapers to a pointed tip which is black or reddish coloured. The meerkat uses its tail to balance when standing vertical. Its face also tapers, coming to a point at the nose, which is brown. The eyes always have black patches surrounding them which help deflect the sun's glare. The meerkat has small, black, crescent-shaped ears that have the ability to close when digging to prevent sand entering.
Meerkats have strong, 2 cm (.8 inches) long, curved claw used for digging for prey and altering their underground burrow. They have four toes on each foot and long, slender limbs. The coat is usually fawn-coloured peppered with gray, tan, or brown with a silver tint. They have short, parallel stripes across their backs, extending from the base of the tail to the shoulders, and unique to each animal. The underside of the meerkat has no markings but the belly has a patch which is only sparsely covered with hair and shows the black skin underneath. The meerkat uses this area to absorb heat standing on its rear legs, usually early in the morning after cold desert nights.
Meerkats eat mainly insects, but also lizards, snakes, spiders, plants, eggs and small mammals. Like all mongoose species, they are immune to many venoms, and eat scorpions (including the stinger) and some snakes, without fear of illness, poison or death. They have no fat stores, so foraging for food is a daily need.
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très belle image !
Le sujet est très net, les couleurs sont superbes.
Bravo et merci du partage
- [2006-09-27 13:26]
Lovely picture! I like pose and face of this funny meerkat. Light is very good, same as details and POV. Colorfull BG looks also good.
- [2006-09-27 13:35]
Great meercat shot. Very cute. It looks like he has his hands in the pocket.
- [2006-09-27 14:19]
Nice catch of this Meerkat!
Great POV, details, sharpness and background!
Well done and TFS!
very good moment you captured. Nice composition. Very well done. Thank you for posting.
- [2006-09-27 19:17]
Great shot, nice composition and a lovely pose by the Meerkat, they have so much character, nice details and great colours too.
TFS Hilary :o)
Aren't these just the funniest little critters. They are just packed full of energy. Well done on a very nice shot. Great typical pose of the Meerkat. TFS
- [2006-09-28 12:22]
What a cute little meerkat in a really great shooting position :)
I really like the POV and the nice blue BG - works excellently!
Also great details, exposure and colors!
Very well done!
Bravo and TFS
- [2006-10-05 22:53]
cute shot. Good colours, light, POV and sharpnes.
Excellent pose and BG, I like it!
Very good color, detail, comp, and I like the meerkat's long shadow I see :)
Well done & TFS!